We’re running a bit behind on our shot by shot analysis of Star Wars Rogue One, but we finally were able to sit down and comb through the latest trailer.
You can check out our first analysis here and see how we were pretty much wrong on a lot of of our speculation, but hey, at least we can admit it!
We’re sure you have watched it several times already, but check it out below before we do our review!
Seppin: Woah, that was cool. I liked the first one better, but this one seemed to establish everything.
Rek: I liked the trailer and I am hyped for the movie. Although I have to agree with Seppin on the fact that I preferred the first trailer more.
Shot by Shot Review
Uh oh. That looks like an Imperial ship in the sky. We have no idea what planet this might be…
Our first shot of Mads Mikkleson staring at the ship landing. With the moisture vaporators next to him, it reminds us vaguely of a young Luke Skywalker staring off into the suns of Tatooine.
Our full first look at the Imperial Death Troopers, which are essentially far more dangerous than your average Stormtrooper. They are instantly recognizable thanks to their black armor. We still don’t know too much about these guys, but it has been suggested that they are under the direct command of Orson Krennic, the villain played by Ben Mendelsohn.
And here we have him. Jyn Erso’s dad, Galen, genius scientist whose intellect and knowledge have made him a highly-sought asset for the Empire. We wonder what they want him to build?
“Jyn. Whatever I do, I do it to protect you. Say you understand.”
Here’s our first good look at young Jyn. You can hear the desperation in her father’s voice. He knows that he is leaving and probably never coming back.
Rogue One‘s main villain. We know from the synopsis of the upcoming Star Wars novel Catalyst that Krennic was a family friend of the Ersos at one time, saving their lives during the Clone Wars. The relationship began to fall apart when he started pushing Galen to help build a super-weapon. It’s not clear how much of that background detail will actually make it into the movie, but it does explain why Galen and Jyn are hiding out on an isolated planet. We thought a woman was cast as her mother. Not sure where she is during this.
His expression is more disappointed than angry, which makes sense if they were once friends.
Jyn watches this whole exchange as she hides in the tall grass. Seeing your father taken from you by Imperial soldiers is the kind of thing that may make you a little messed up and who knows? Maybe encourage you to grow up and join a rebel alliance of some kind. We going to assume she evades the Deathtroopers and escapes.
Here we see Jyn, grown up and in an imperial cell. Notice her cellmate. Just a random alien, but it’s classic Star Wars and we love it. The Rebels come and break her out of the cell, but remember that she was handcuffed when she arrived at the rebel base? Whatever she did must have been pretty awful if both sides deem her dangerous.
The planet Jedha (and this unnamed city in particular) holds great spiritual significance to believers in the Force. The visual of a Star Destroyer just hovering over the city is certainty intimidating which gives the whole evil Empire is watching you a pretty chilling visual.
“Our rebellion is all that remains to push back the Empire. Oh and do you know where your father is because we think he’s making the most badass weapon of all time that will destroy everyone in the galaxy?”
The Fallen Jedi statue is pretty incredible.
Not sure where this is, but it’s definitely some sort of Imperial outpost or maybe where Galen Erso is being kept as he builds the Death Star?
The Death Star, seen in the skies above an unknown planet, although it’s most likely Scarif, where the Death Star is being finished during the events of the film.
And let’s introduce members of our rogue team…Chirrut Îmwe, played by Donnie Yen, the blind spiritualist warrior.
Okay, some people have been speculating that this shot of an Imperial officer from behind is supposed to be Grand Moff Tarkin, the villain played by Peter Cushing in the original 1977 Star Wars. After all, there were rumors that the character was being brought back (and he did get his own in-canon novel recently). If, and it’s a big if, this officer is supposed to be someone familiar, shooting him from behind in the build-up to the reveal of his face would be the right thing to do.
We have Riz Ahmed as Bodhi Rook, an ill-tempered Imperial pilot who decides to switch sides…
“They are requesting a call sign.”
“It’s Rogue…Rogue One.”
This is just classic Star Wars. It’s nice to see them using the original designs for the helmets and the technology. What’s interesting is the large map being shown. It looks like Jedha and one has to wonder if they might be planning to test out the Death Star on this small area.
What’s a Star Wars movie if you don’t have all the important players standing around a holographic image of a super weapon? Once again we see Mon Mothma and General Dodonna, as well as Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor.
The AT-ST Walkers look much better equipped to handle the city streets than the forests of Endor, right? This is most definitely Jedha and presumably part of the same action scene we’ve glimpsed in previous trailers, where Rebel forces and Imperial soldiers are fighting in the streets.
Saw Gerrera, played by Forest Whitaker reveals just how damaged this divisive Rebel leader truly is. and he is now practically a cyborg. You have to remember that he’s been fighting since the Clone Wars and all of the battles have taken their toll on his body.
The Imperial construction yards at Scarif, the place where the Death Star was finished and will play a major part in the film’s climax. We know from the previous trailer that Jyn ultimately ends up fighting for her life on top of that giant central building. Meanwhile, we know from other trailers and photos that the rest of the cast will be fighting in the jungles and on the beaches below.
Jungle combat…The Rebels are coming, the Rebels are coming.
It looks like K-2SO ( former Imperial droid), Jyn Erso, and Cassian Andor all infiltrate an Imperial base of some kind, with him undercover as an officer and her disguised as a pilot. Could this be the same place we saw earlier, the one where Galen Erso was being held captive? This wouldn’t be the first time a Star Wars movie has seen its heroes disguise themselves as bad guys as part of a dangerous rescue operation.
“Aren’t you a little short to be a Stormtrooper?”
In a blink or you’ll miss it shot… it appears to be on the cliffs surrounding that same location that Jyn and Cassian infiltrate the base. It looks like Baze and Chirrut are keeping watch on the outskirts.
Edrio Two Tubes! Who is he?
… a mercenary pilot who flies alongside his eggmate, Benthic. The two share the nickname derived from the breathing apparatus that allows their Tognath physiology to process oxygen atmospheres. Edrio’s home world Yar Togna was conquered and occupied by the Empire, forcing him to flee as a refugee. Desiring to strike back at the Empire, Edrio and Benthic have allied with Saw Gerrera.
His character was revealed earlier this summer at Comic Con.
Chirrut is a badass! Can’t wait to see him in action!
Jiang Wen as heavy weapons specialist and gun-for-hire Baze Malbus, who has been described as a cynical and grounded soldier. He is also very good buddies with Chirrut.
Here we are at the mysterious Imperial base that we are assuming is where Galen Erso is being held. We know that this action sequence/rescue attempt will have a pretty decent air to ground combat scene with spaceships joining the fray and bombing the hell out of the area.
Wait, what? Is Chirrut wielding a Bowcaster? Who gave the blind man a gun? Second of all, it is really strange to see someone besides a Wookiee shooting one of those things after all of these years. Are you there Chewbacca?
Okay, this is interesting because Bodhi Rook looks like he is on the ropes and we are reminded, rather soberly, that everyone in this movie is expendable. We know that some of them are going to die and our guess is Rook doesn’t make it.
No idea, but we are getting a space battle and there is an X-Wing flying!
Again no clue who this rebel pilot is, but judging from his expression he’s probably about to die.
But, wait a minute. Could it be…?
Stop the presses, We have a huge reveal!
Is it Porkins?
Check out his helmet! It looks so similar, We think it is him.
You know earlier we said as we saw the map in the control room looked like Jedha and maybe they might be testing out the Death Star? Yeah…
Jyn is giving her St. Crispin’s Day speech to the rebels and Cassain looks on in pride.
*Cue Epic Music*
This appears to be the same scene we glimpsed earlier, where Orson Krennic was lecturing Darth Vader about power. It’s definitely interesting that Krennic does not appear to be afraid of Vader. We think the big man’s role in this movie is rather small, but wow, is it awesome to see him once more.
Galen is not looking too good. Maybe he is trying to stall using the Death Star and Krennic is none to happy about his progress, or lack thereof.
These look like AT-ACT Walkers, they are built for cargo than combat, oh and they’re huge.
Again, we can’t say it enough about how excited we are for this movie. What did you guys think of the trailer?